WHAT: Commodore Quake at Vanderbilt University
WHEN: Thursday, October 9th
WHERE: Memorial Gym — Vanderbilt University Campus
TIME: 8:00 PM Thursday, October 9th – Doors Open:  7:00 PM
TICKETS: Vanderbilt Student (One Ticket Per Student) – $30; Week of Show – $40  (Oct. 2nd)
Faculty/Staff Ticket – $35; Week of Show – $40  (Oct. 2nd)
General Public Purchased in Advance – $40; Week of Show – $50 (Oct. 2nd)

NASHVILLE, TN – The Vanderbilt Programming Board Music Group has returned with yet another quality lineup for this year’s 13th Annual Commodore Quake. Taking place on Thursday, October 9th, Commodore Quake is the perfect way for Vanderbilt students to kick off Homecoming weekend and for the Nashville community to enjoy some of the biggest names in the music industry. With Ludacris and Iggy Azalea performing back-to-back, the night will feature one of the most established names in the music and entertainment world alongside one of the hottest artists on the Billboard charts.

The career of the multitalented Chris “Ludacris” Bridges can best be described as remarkable. Much more than an entertainer, Ludacris has positioned himself to reach the top of various business platforms as well and he is a positive example and powerful icon. Ludacris is also far from being done changing the game. Ludacris is able to create, reconstruct, and command anything he attaches his name to. With 17 Grammy nominations, he has had the honor of winning three of them. Ludacris has sold over 19.5 million units in the United States, and approximately 7 million overseas. Ludacris’ 8th studio album, Ludaversal, due out this fall is highly anticipated and is sure to stick to the successful tradition he has established.

In addition to his heavily awarded music career, Ludacris is an esteemed actor, having appeared in the acclaimed indie drama Hustle & Flow, the smash hit Fast and the Furious sequels; 2 Fast 2 Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6 and Fast & Furious 7 slated for release in 2015. Ludacris also starred in the 2006 Academy Award Best Picture Winner, Crash, which earned him the prestigious Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice awards. He has also had a recurring role as “Darius Parker” in the long-running hit television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”  More recently, Ludacris hosted the 2014 Billboard Music Awards to an audience of over 11 million and he is currently a judge for the groundbreaking summer singing competition series “Rising Star” which airs Sundays at 8pm est. on ABC.

Following her incredible warm-up single ‘Work’, which amassed over 30 million views on YouTube, hit the top 15 in the iTunes chart, Iggy Azalea is the hottest new female rap star in the game. Azalea’s original cult classic mixtape, ‘Ignorant Art’, catapulted her into the limelight in 2011, shortly followed by the 6 track “Glory EP” which featured a track with Mike Posner, B.o.B and Pusha T. Having spent 2012 turning heads and garnering the respect of industry and hip hop heavy-weights Iggy signed a deal with Virgin EMI in the UK and the prestigious Island Def Jam in the US. Iggy supported Beyoncé on eleven of the fourteen scheduled “Mrs Carter Show World Tour” arena dates across Australia in late 2013, followed by her biggest performance to date on US prime time TV, ’The Late Show, with David Letterman. Her latest hit single, “Fancy” climbed to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 almost instantly after its release, with her feature on Ariana Grande’s, “Problem,” following suit at #2. Azalea has also pulled off something pretty remarkable as she appears on the top two spots on the Hot 100, making her only the second artist in the history of the chart to do that since The Beatles.  With credentials like those, it is not far-fetched to say that Azalea is truly the hottest female rapper in today’s music industry.

“We’re incredibly excited to bring one of the great legends of hip-hop together with one of its brightest new stars,” said Music Group Chair, Kern Vohra, when asked about this year’s Quake Lineup. “This is going to be a special year for Quake, and we’re all beyond happy to be a part of it.”

Tickets are available to the general public and will go on sale Friday, July 25th at all Ticketmaster locations, online at or by calling 1‐800‐745‐3000. Tickets can also be purchased with no service fees included only at the Sarratt Box Office on the Vanderbilt campus. No Refunds will be given due to weather conditions or band cancellations. For general event information, call 615‐322‐2471. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at


The Office of the Dean of Students at Vanderbilt University provides an extensive list of activities and organizations for students to gain the true college experience. The Office of Arts & Campus Events houses several organizations and programs designed to meet the needs of every college student. The mission of Arts & Campus Events is to facilitate diverse programming for the Vanderbilt community that cultivates social engagement, artistic exploration and personal growth. The Music Group is the student run organization responsible for planning and producing the Commodore Quake as well as the annual Rites of Spring Music Festival.

Vanderbilt and Media Contact:
Arts & Campus Events, Vanderbilt University
Dwayne V. Elliott

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